Paul Iams founded The Iams Company in 1946. He was a graduate of Ohio State University and worked as an animal nutritionist.
At the time of the company’s founding, pets were generally fed table scraps.
In 1950 Iams created an animal based dry dog food and called it Iams 999.
In 1969 Iams developed a new dog food and named it Eukanuba.
Over the years the company has developed and patented many nutritional advances for animals, including vitamin A to help prevent weight gain in animals, Dental Defense which helps to reduce tartar build-up, and formulas that help animals maintain muscle.
In 1975 Clay Mathile bought half the company, and in 1982 he bought the other half, becoming the sole owner.
In 1999, after growing the company significantly, he sold Iams to Proctor & Gamble.
Today The Iams Company sells dog food and cat food in more than 70 countries worldwide, though North America accounts for most of the company’s sales.